Shrewsbury sees dramatic drop in property crimes

Shrewsbury sees dramatic drop in property crimes

Shrewsbury sees dramatic drop in property crimes

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

SHREWSBURY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- The FBI has released interesting numbers on crime in Shrewsbury.

According to crime statistics, property crimes in have dropped more than 40  percent in the last six years.

Violent crimes remain consistent, averaging about a half dozen a year, but the property crimes have continued to drop.

The latest numbers available show 77 property crimes for 2011.

Shrewsbury is small community, taking up about two square miles with a population of 6,300. The police department has 18 officers.  

“In terms of the numbers that have dropped there’s a number of factors,” said Lieutenant Brian Catlett with the Shrewsbury Police Department. “Not just the fact that our officers are in tune with the community and who’s supposed to be here and who’s not; the community itself will call us if there’s somebody suspicious in the area. We’ll check them out they’ll either have moved on or we’ll check them out and find out what’s going on exactly.”

The bad economy may also have helped drop the rates. Some stores along Watson Road have closed, so with fewer stores a drop in shoplifting and property crimes has followed.

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